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Monthly Archives: March 2021

31 Mar 2021

Sentient Rights v. Animal Rights: Advantages and Disadvantages

By Pablo P. Castelló, PhD Candidate in Philosophy at Royal Holloway University of London   Philosopher Alasdair Cochrane has recently developed the notion of sentient rights, a system that would recognise all sentient animals as bearers of rights.i He interprets Peter Singer’s understanding of sentience as “the capacity for conscious experience,” and thus contends that this implies sentient animals “have a sense of ‘self’”, insofar as they can “experience the world and their place in it”.ii This also means such […]

25 Mar 2021

Student Ambassador Spotlight: Mary Legge of Edinburgh University

We interviewed our Student Ambassador from Edinburgh University and Chair of its newly formed A-law Student Chapter.   Mary is a first-year graduate law student at the University of Edinburgh. She aspires to use her legal career to contribute to improving animal welfare standards and promote education of animal law. We commend her on the recent development of her A-law Student Chapter at Edinburgh University. You can find the new chapter on Instagram at: @uoealaw, on Twitter: @UoEALAW and on Facebook at: […]

12 Mar 2021

World Wildlife Day 2021 and the Oak Flat Dispute

By Denise Ho, law student In its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 3rd to be World Wildlife Day. Since 2013, the date has marked an annual celebration of wildlife, bringing awareness and appreciation to the dense ecosystems we cohabit with on this planet. Each unique ecosystem is like a living individual. They are home to an immeasurable range of species that compose an important part of their foundations. Due to climate change brought about by humanity’s […]